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Will Taylor's Free Christmas Songbook

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February 2, 2001: Will Taylor and Strings Attached The last few years have seen local strings player/composer Will Taylor engaged in numerous musical collaborations, many jazz-based, some pop-oriented, a few highly curious, and all, in the end, responsible for the creation of some wonderful new music. His new release with Strings Attached brings together these collaborations, linking them into a unified vision of the wider role of classical strings in the scope of popular music. The album starts out on a somber note of warning and truth in the form of Barbara K's "My Name Is Truth" and moves from this droning ambience to the lighter-hearted, Sara Hickman-sung "Sister and Sam," a sentimental reminiscence about the passing of years and family. Ian Moore and Beth Ullman each contribute vocals, with Moore adding guitar to the near-mystic "Retablo de Teresa." Instrumental tracks have Taylor exploring traditional Irish tunes and a reel of his own, as well as a Sting cover and a ragga in two parts. It's a credit to Taylor that an album this eclectic holds so strong at the seams, as well as a reflection on the artists with whom he's chosen to work, that every song works as a piece all its own. Even, or especially, the cello solo on "See You Later." Taylor's core band Strings Attached, with John Fremgen on bass, Shawn Sanders on cello, and Javier Chaparro on violin are also key to the musical continuity. But it's Austin's Taylor who made this happen, and his inspired creativity and often amazing use of the violin make this album transcend the experimental to become art. Buy this album at StringsAttached.org

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Refrain O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal, Lo, he shuns not the Virgin's womb; Son of the Father, begotten, not created; Refrain Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation; Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God, all glory in the highest; Refrain See how the shepherds, summoned to His cradle, Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze; We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps; Refrain Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger, We would embrace Thee, with love and awe; Who would not love Thee, loving us so dearly? Refrain Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to Thee be glory given; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. Refrain Angels, From the Realms of Glory Angels, from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o'er all the earth; Ye, who sang creation's story, Now proclaim Messiah's birth: Come and worship, Come and worship Worship Christ, the new-born King. Shepherds in the field abiding, Watching o'er your flocks by night, God with man is now residing; Yonder shines the infant Light: Sages, leave your contemplations,

All I Want For Christmas... Everybody stops and stares at me These two teeth are gone as you can see I don't know just who to blame for this catastrophe! But my one wish on Christmas Eve is as plain as it can be! All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth! Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could be with you "Merry Christmas." It seems so long since I could say, "Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!" Gosh oh gee, how happy I'd be, if I could only whistle (thhhh) All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth. Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you "Merry Christmas."

O Come, All Ye Faithful O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, Come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;

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Brighter visions beam afar: Seek the great Desire of nations; Ye have seen his natal star: Saints before the altar bending, Watching long in hope and fear, Suddenly the Lord, descending, In his temple shall appear. The First Noel The first Noel, the angel did say, Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay keeping their sheep, On a cold winter's night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. They looked up and saw a star Shining in the East, beyond them far; And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. And by the light of that same star, Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a King was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. This star drew night to the northwest, O'er Bethlehem it took its rest; And there it did both stop and stay, Right over the place where Jesus lay. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. Then entered in those wise men three, Full reverently upon their knee; And offered there in his presence, Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. Good Christian Men, Rejoice Good Christian men, rejoice, With heart and soul, and voice; Give ye heed to what we say: Jesus Christ is born to-day; Ox and ass before him bow, And he is in the manger now. Christ is born to-day! Christ is born to-day! Good Christian men, rejoice, With heart and soul, and voice;

Now ye hear of endless bliss: Jesus Christ was born for this! He hath oped the heavenly door, And man is blessed evermore. Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this! Good Christian men, rejoice, With heart and soul, and voice; Now ye need not fear the grave: Jesus Christ was born to save! Calls you one and calls you all To gain his everlasting hall. Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save! What Child Is This? What child is this, who, laid to rest, On Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring him laud, The babe, the son of Mary. Why lies he in such mean estate Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christian, fear: for sinners here The silent Word is pleading. So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, Come, peasant, king, to own him. the King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone him. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, Remember Christ our Savior Was born on Christmas Day; To save us all from Satan's power When we were gone astray. O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy! From God our heavenly Father A blessed angel came; And unto certain shepherds Brought tiding of the same; How that in Bethlehem was born

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The Son of God by name. "Fear not, then," said the angel, "Let nothing you affright; This day is born a Savior Of a pure virgin bright, To free all those who trust in him From Satan's power and might." Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place, And with true love and brotherhood Each other now embrace; this holy tide of Christmas Doth bring redeeming grace. Angels We Have Heard on High Angels we have heard on high, Singing sweetly through the night, And the mountains in reply Echoing their brave delight. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why these songs of happy cheer? What great brightness did you see? What glad tiding did you hear? Gloria in excelsis Deo. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee Christ, the Lord, the new-born King. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Gloria in excelsis Deo. See him in a manger laid Whom the angels praise above; Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, While we raise our hearts in love. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Away in a Manger Away in a manger, no crib for his bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head. The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes. I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky, And stay by my side until morning is nigh. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth To touch their harps of gold:

"Peace on the earth, good will to men, From heaven's all-gracious King." The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing. Still through the cloven skies they come With peaceful wings unfurled, And still their heavenly music floats O'er all the weary world; Above its sad and lowly plains They bend on hovering wing, And ever o'er its Babel-sounds The blessed angels sing. Yet with the woes of sin and strife The world has suffered long; Beneath the heavenly strain have rolled Two thousand years of wrong; And man, at war with man, hears not The tidings which they bring; O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing! O ye, beneath life's crushing load, Whose forms are bending low, Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow, Look now! for glad and golden hours Come swiftly on the wing; O rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing! For lo! the days are hastening on, By prophets seen of old, When with the ever-circling years Shall come the time foretold, When peace shall over all the earth Its ancient splendors fling, And the whole world give back the song Which now the angels sing. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Oh! You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town! He's making a list,

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He's checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town! He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake. He knows when you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! So...You better watch out, You better not cry You better not pout, I'm Telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town. Little tin horns, little toy drums. Rudy-toot-toot and rummy tum tums. Santa Claus is coming to town.

Much pleasure doth thou bring me! O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, Thy candles shine out brightly! O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, Thy candles shine out brightly! Each bough doth hold its tiny light, That makes each toy to sparkle bright. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, Thy candles shine out brightly! O Little Town of Bethlehem O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see the lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by; Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee to-night. For Christ is born of Mary, And gathered all above, While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wondering love. O morning stars, together Proclaim the holy birth! And praises sing to God the King, And peace to men on earth. How silently, how silently, The wondrous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of his heaven. No ear may hear his coming, But in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive him, still The dear Christ enters in. Where children pure and happy Pray to the blessed Child, Where misery cries out to thee, Son of the mother mild; Where charity stands watching And faith holds wide the door, The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, And Christmas comes once more. O holy Child of Bethlehem! Descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin and enter in, Be born in us to-day. We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us,

Little toy dolls that cuddle and coo, Elephants, boats and Kiddie cars too. Santa Claus is coming to town.

The kids in Girl and boy land will have a jubilee. They're gonna build a toy land town all around the Christmas tree.

Ohh....You better watch out, you better not cry. You better not pout, I'm telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town. O Christmas Tree O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree! How are thy leaves so verdant! O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, How are thy leaves so verdant! Not only in the summertime, But even in winter is thy prime. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, How are thy leaves so verdant! O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, Much pleasure doth thou bring me! O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, Much pleasure doth thou bring me! For every year the Christmas tree, Brings to us all both joy and glee. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,

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Our Lord Emmanuel! Silent Night Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight, Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing alleluia; Christ the Savior, is born! Christ the Savior, is born! Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love's pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth. Jesus, Lord, at thy birth. Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Rudolf, the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw him, you would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolf play in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas eve Santa came to say: "Rudolf with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" Then all the reindeer loved him as they shouted out with glee: "Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer, you'll go down in history!" Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new-born King! Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled! Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With the angelic host proclaim Christ is born in Bethlehem! Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new-born King! Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord; Late in time behold him come, Offspring of the Virgin's womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity, Pleased as man with man to dwell; Jesus, our Emmanuel! Mild he lays his glory by, Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. Risen with healing in his wings, Light and life to all he brings, Hail, the Sun of Righteousness! Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Heaven-born Prince of Peace Hail the Son of Righteousness Light and life to all He brings Risen with healing in His wings Mild He lay His glory by Born that man no more may die Come Desire of Nations come, Fix in us thy humble home. Rise, the woman's conquering Seed, Bruise in us the serpent's head. Adam's likeness now efface Stamp thine image in its place

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Auld Lang Syne Robert Burns Chorus For auld lang syne, my dear For auld lang syne, We'll take a cup o' kindness yet For auld lang syne! I Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind ? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne! II And surely ye 'll be your pint' stowp, And surely I 'll be mine, And we 'll take a cup o' kindness yet For auld lang syne! III We twa hae run about the braes, And pou'd the gowans fine, But we 've wander'd monie a weary fit Sin' auld lang syne. IV We twa hae paidl'd in the burn Frae morning sun till dine, But seas between us braid hae roar'd Sin' auld lang syne. V And there's a hand, my trusty fiere, And gie 's a hand o' thine, And we 'll tak a right guid-willie waught For auld lang syne! Chorus For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We'll tak a cup o' kindess yet For auld lang syne! Good King Wenceslas Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen, when the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even. Brightly shown the moon that night, though the frost was cruel, when a poor man came in sight,

gathering winter fuel. Hither, page, and stand by me. If thou know it telling: yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling? Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain, right against the forest fence by Saint Agnes fountain. Bring me flesh, and bring me wine. Bring me pine logs hither. Thou and I will see him dine when we bear the thither. Page and monarch, forth they went, forth they went together through the rude wind's wild lament and the bitter weather. Sire, the night is darker now, and the wind blows stronger. Fails my heart, I know not how. I can go no longer. Ark my footsteps my good page, tread thou in them boldly: Thou shalt find the winter's rage freeze thy blood less coldly. In his master's step he trod, where the snow lay dented. Heat was in the very sod which the saint had printed. Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing, ye who now will bless the poor shall yourselves find blessing. I Saw Three Ships I saw three ships come sailing in on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day. I saw three ships come sailing in on Christmas Day in the morning. And what was in those ships all three on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day? And what was in those ships all three on Christmas Day in the morning? The Virgin Mary and Christ were there on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day. The virgin Mary and Christ were there on Christmas Day in the morning.

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Joy to the World Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing. Joy to the earth! the Savior reigns; Let men their songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy. No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessing flow far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found. He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love, and wonders of His love, and wonders, wonders of His love. Drummer Boy Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, So, to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum, When we come. Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, On my drum? Mary Nodded, pa rum pum pum pum, The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum

I play me best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum me and my drum O Holy Night O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born; O night, O holy night, O night divine! O night, O holy night, O night divine! Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming, Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land. The King of kings lay thus lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friends. He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger, Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in his name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, With all our hearts we praise His holy name. Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, His power and glory ever more proclaim! His power and glory ever more proclaim!

Carol of the Bells Carol of the Bells is an adaptation of an ancient Ukrainian folk song called a "shchedrivka". An arrangement by Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921) was popularized in the 1930's by Oleksander Koshyts (1875-1944), a Ukrainian choir director who worked in the US and Canada. It has since become an American Christmas classic. Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells, all seem to say, throw cares away

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Christmas is here, bringing good cheer, to young and old, meek and the bold, ding dong ding that is their song with joyful ring all caroling one seems to hear words of good cheer from everywhere filling the air Oh how they pound, raising the sound, o'er hill and dale, telling their tale, Gaily they ring while people sing songs of good cheer, Christmas is here, Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas, Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas, On on they send , on without end, their joyful tone to every home Dong Ding dong ding, dong Bong Santa Baby Sung by Madonna Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree, for me I've been an awful good girl Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight Santa baby, an out-of-space convertible too, light blue I'll wait up for you dear Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight Think of all the fun I've missed Think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed Next year I could be oh so good If you'd check off my Christmas list Boo doo bee doo Santa honey, I wanna yacht and really that's Not a lot I've been an angel all year Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight Santa cutie, there's one thing I really do need, the deed To a platinum mine Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight Santa baby, I'm filling my stocking with a duplex, and checks Sign your 'X' on the line Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight Come and trim my Christmas tree With some decorations bought at Tiffany's I really do believe in you

Let's see if you believe in me Boo doo bee doo Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, a ring I don't mean a phone Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight Hurry down the chimney tonight Hurry down the chimney tonight Christ Is Born In Bethlehem Christ, by highest heaven adored Christ, the everlasting Lord; Late in time behold Him come Offspring of a virgin's womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th' Incarnate Deity, Pleased as man with man to dwell; Jesus, our Emmanuel. Come, Desire of nations come, Fix in us Thy humble home; Rise, the Woman's conquering Seed, Bruise in us the Serpent's head. Adam's likeness, Lord efface: Stamp Thy image in its place; Second Adam, from above, Reinstate us in thy love. Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace! Hail, the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Ris'n with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Christmas Without You Words and Music by Dolly Parton and Steve Goldstein White Christmas and I'm blue Like fireworks with no fuse Christmas without you The fireplace keeps burning and my thoughts keep turning The pages of memories of time spent with you Old Christmas songs we knew and used to make love to Make it hard to get used to Christmas without you Chorus: Christmas without you White Christmas and I'm blue I love you I miss you So sad but so true Christmas without you Like a mystery with no clues Like fireworks with no fuse Christmas without you The sweetest gift I know would be if the new snow Could fall on your footsteps on this Christmas eve

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The most joyous Christmas if luck could be with us Would be if Saint Nicholas brought you home to me Repeat chorus twice The Coventry Carol Lullaby, thou little tiny child, By, by, lullay, lullay Lullay, thou little tiny child, By, by, lullay, lullay. O sisters too, how may we do, For to preserve this day, This poor youngling for whom we sing, By, by, lullay, lullay. Herod the king in his ragin, Charged he hath this day, His men of night, in his own sight, All children young to stay. Then woe is me, poor child, for thee, And ever mourn and say, For thy parting not say, nor sing, By, by, lullay, lullay. Mary's Boy Child Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day. And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day. Long time ago in Bethlehem, so the Holy Bible say, Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day. Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today, And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day. Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day. While shepherds watch their flocks by night, they see a bright new shining star, they hear a choir sing a song, the music seemed to come from afar. Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today, And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day. Oh a moment still worth was a glow, all the bells rang out there were tears of joy and laughter, people shouted "let everyone know, there is hope for all to find peace". Now Joseph and his wife, Mary, came to Bethlehem that night, they found no place to bear her child, not a single room was in sight.

And then they found a little nook in a stable all forlorn, and in a manger cold and dark, Mary's little boy was born. Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today, And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day. Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day. Oh a moment still worth was a glow, all the bells rang out there were tears of joy and laughter, people shouted "let everyone know, there is hope for all to find peace". Oh my Lord... With Bells On -Words By Dolly Parton I'll be home with bells on I'll be home with bells on Trim the trees and wrap the presents turn the Christmas music on This Christmas I'll be home with bells on I've traveled around this country crossed the waters deep and wide Made lots of friends and memories brought joy to others lives It's Christmas time again another year has come and gone And I can't keep from wonderin' how the old folks are at home I'll be home with bells on I'll be home with bells on Trim the tree and wrap the presents turn the Christmas music on This Christmas I'll be home with bells on When the snow is on the meadow and the sleigh bells jingle bright And the kids are singing jingle bells around the Christmas lights As daddy stokes the fire and mama puts the turkey on There ain't nothing going to slow me down this Christmas I'll be home I'll be home with bells on

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I'll be home with bells on Trim the tree and wrap the presents turn the Christmas music on This Christmas I'll be home with bells on Angels and Shepherds (Morovia - Nesem Vn Noviny) Hark all ye shepherds, come join in our song. Hark all ye shepherds, for Jesus is born. Lo he is lying, born in a manger, Jesus, annointed to be our Savior. Alleluia! Hark all ye shepherds, arise from your sheep. Hark all ye shepherds, the Christ child asleep. Mary, the mother, quietly singing, From God to man salvation is bringing. Alleluia! Angels adore him, men bow before him, heaven and earth proclaim! Prophets of old his coming foretold and men ever praise his name. Come and adore him, Jesus our Savior, He dwells among us, now and forever. Alleluia! Children, Go Where I Send Thee Children, go where I send thee How shall I send thee? I'm gonna send thee one by one One for the little bitty baby That was born, born Born in Bethlehem. Children, go where I send thee

How shall I send thee? I'm gonna send thee two by two Two for Paul and Silas One for the little bitty baybe That was born, born Born in Bethlehem. Three for the Hebrew children... Four for the four that stood at the door... Five for the gospel preachers... Six for the six that never got fixed... Seven for the seven that never got to heaven... Eight for the eight that stood at the gate... Nine for the nine all dressed so fine... Ten for the ten commandments... Eleven for the eleven deriders... Twelve for the twelve Apostles... Home for the Holidays Al Stillman and Robert Allen Oh, theres no place like home for the holidays, Cause no matter how far away you roam When you pine for the sunshine Of a friendly face For the holidays, you cant beat Home, sweet home I met a man who lives in Tennessee And he was headin for Pennsylvania And some home made pumpkin pie From Pennsylvania folks a travelin down To Dixies sunny shore From Atlantic to Pacific, gee The traffic is terrific Oh there's no place like home

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For the holidays, cause no matter How far away you roam If you want To be happy in a million ways For the holidays, you cant beat Home, sweet home Pat-a-Pan (Burgundy) Willie, take your little drum, Robin, bring your fife, and come, And be merry while you play. Chorus Turelurelu. Patapatapan. Come be merry while you play, On this joyous Christmas day. Guill, pran tun tamborin, Toi, pran tu fleute, Robin. Au son de cs instruman. repeat chorus God and man became today, More in tune than fife and drum, So be merry while you play. repeat chorus The Huron Carol 'Twas in the moon of winter-time When all the birds had fled, That mighty Gitchi Manitou Sent angel choirs instead; Before their light the stars grew dim, And wandering hunter heard the hymn: "Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, In excelsis gloria." Within a lodge of broken bark The tender Babe was found, A ragged robe of rabbit skin Enwrapp'd His beauty round; But as the hunter braves drew nigh, The angel song rang loud and high... Refrain O children of the forest free, O sons of Manitou, The Holy Child of earth and heaven Is born today for you. Come kneel before the radiant Boy Who brings you beauty, peace and joy. Refrain

In Excelsis Gloria When Christ was born of Mary free, In Bethlehem in that fair city, Angels sung e'er with mirth and glee, In excelsis gloria, In excelsis gloria, In excelsis gloria, In excelsis gloria. Herdsmen beheld these angels brightTo them appeared with great light, And said, "God's son is born this night." Refrain This King is come to save His kind, In the Scripture as we find; Therefore this song we have in mind: Refrain Then, dear Lord, for Thy great grace, Grant us the bliss to see Thy face, Where we may sing to Thy solace: Refrain Fum, Fum, Fum, Spanish On this joyful Christmas Day Sing fum, fum, fum On this joyful Christmas Day Sing fum, fum, fum For a blessed Babe was born Upon this day at the break of morn In a manger poor and lowly Lay the Son of God most holy Fum, Fum, Fum! Thanks to God for holidays Sing fum, fum, fum Now we all our voices raise And sing a song of grateful praise Celebrate in song and story All the wonders of His glory Fum, fum, fum The Greatest Gift of All John Jarvis Dawn is slowly breaking Our friends have all gone home You and I are waiting For Santa Claus to come There's a present by the tree Stockings on the wall Knowing you're in love with me Is the greatest gift of all The fire is slowly fading Chill is in the air All the gifts are waiting For children ev'rywhere

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Through the window I can see Snow begin to fall Knowing you're in love with me Is the greatest gift of all Just before I go to sleep I hear a church bell ring Merry Ch| Back to Christmas HomePage Index | Christmas Carols (Part 2) | Song Index | Merry Christmas O Come, All Ye Faithful O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, Come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the King of angels; Refrain O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal, Lo, he shuns not the Virgin's womb; Son of the Father, begotten, not created; Refrain Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation; Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God, all glory in the highest; Refrain See how the shepherds, summoned to His cradle, Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze; We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps; Refrain Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger, We would embrace Thee, with love and awe; Who would not love Thee, loving us so dearly? Refrain Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to Thee be glory given; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. Refrain

Ye, who sang creation's story, Now proclaim Messiah's birth: Come and worship, Come and worship Worship Christ, the new-born King. Shepherds in the field abiding, Watching o'er your flocks by night, God with man is now residing; Yonder shines the infant Light: Sages, leave your contemplations, Brighter visions beam afar: Seek the great Desire of nations; Ye have seen his natal star: Saints before the altar bending, Watching long in hope and fear, Suddenly the Lord, descending, In his temple shall appear. The First Noel The first Noel, the angel did say, Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay keeping their sheep, On a cold winter's night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. They looked up and saw a star Shining in the East, beyond them far; And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. And by the light of that same star, Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a King was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. This star drew night to the northwest, O'er Bethlehem it took its rest; And there it did both stop and stay, Right over the place where Jesus lay. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. Then entered in those wise men three, Full reverently upon their knee; And offered there in his presence, Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. Good Christian Men, Rejoice

Angels, From the Realms of Glory Angels, from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o'er all the earth;

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Good Christian men, rejoice, With heart and soul, and voice; Give ye heed to what we say: Jesus Christ is born to-day; Ox and ass before him bow, And he is in the manger now. Christ is born to-day! Christ is born to-day! Good Christian men, rejoice, With heart and soul, and voice; Now ye hear of endless bliss: Jesus Christ was born for this! He hath oped the heavenly door, And man is blessed evermore. Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this! Good Christian men, rejoice, With heart and soul, and voice; Now ye need not fear the grave: Jesus Christ was born to save! Calls you one and calls you all To gain his everlasting hall. Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save! What Child Is This? What child is this, who, laid to rest, On Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring him laud, The babe, the son of Mary. Why lies he in such mean estate Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christian, fear: for sinners here The silent Word is pleading. So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, Come, peasant, king, to own him. the King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone him. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, Remember Christ our Savior Was born on Christmas Day; To save us all from Satan's power When we were gone astray. O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy! From God our heavenly Father A blessed angel came; And unto certain shepherds

Brought tiding of the same; How that in Bethlehem was born The Son of God by name. "Fear not, then," said the angel, "Let nothing you affright; This day is born a Savior Of a pure virgin bright, To free all those who trust in him From Satan's power and might." Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place, And with true love and brotherhood Each other now embrace; this holy tide of Christmas Doth bring redeeming grace. Angels We Have Heard on High Angels we have heard on high, Singing sweetly through the night, And the mountains in reply Echoing their brave delight. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why these songs of happy cheer? What great brightness did you see? What glad tiding did you hear? Gloria in excelsis Deo. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee Christ, the Lord, the new-born King. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Gloria in excelsis Deo. See him in a manger laid Whom the angels praise above; Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, While we raise our hearts in love. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Away in a Manger Away in a manger, no crib for his bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head. The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes. I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky, And stay by my side until morning is nigh. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth

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To touch their harps of gold: "Peace on the earth, good will to men, From heaven's all-gracious King." The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing. Still through the cloven skies they come With peaceful wings unfurled, And still their heavenly music floats O'er all the weary world; Above its sad and lowly plains They bend on hovering wi

We shared some secret brandy and we wished each other well And in a flare-lit soccer game we gave em hell We traded chocolates, cigarettes, and photographs from home These sons and fathers far away from families of their own Young Sanders played his squeezebox and they had a violin This curious and unlikely band of men Soon daylight stole upon us and France was France once more With sad farewells we each prepared to settle back to war But the question haunted every heart that lived that wonderous night Whose family have I fixed within my sights? Twas Christmas in the trenches where the frost, so bitter hung The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung For the walls theyd kept between us to exact the work of war Had been crumbled and were gone forevermore My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell Each Christmas come since World War I, Ive learned its lessons well That the ones who call the shots wont be among the dead and lame And on each end of the rifle were the same

Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon My name is Francis Tolliver, I come from Liverpool. Two years ago the war was waiting for me after school. To Belgium and to Flanders, to Germany to here I fought for King and country I love dear. Twas Christmas in the trenches, where the frost so bitter hung, The frozen fields of France were still, no Christmas song was sung Our families back in England were toasting us that day Their brave and glorious lads so far away. I was lying with my messmate on the cold and rocky ground When across the lines of battle came a most peculiar sound Says I, Now listen up, me boys! each soldier strained to hear As one young German voice sang out so clear. Hes singing bloody well, you know! my partner says to me Soon, one by one, each German voice joined in harmony The cannons rested silent, the gas clouds rolled no more As Christmas brought us respite from the war As soon as they were finished and a reverent pause was spent God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen struck up some lads from Kent The next they sang was Stille Nacht. Tis Silent Night, says I And in two tongues one song filled up that sky Theres someone coming toward us! the front line sentry cried All sights were fixed on one long figure trudging from their side His truce flag, like a Christmas star, shown on that plain so bright As he, bravely, strode unarmed into the night Soon one by one on either side walked into No Mans Land With neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand

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